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Virginia Living Museum
Newport News
Bachelor Degree 1 Year

Although this job is based in Newport News, the employer is willing to consider candidates from outside of the area who are willing to relocate for the position. Not knowing the salary, you can negotiate based on the company's approach to employee job security and stability. The job vacancy for Aquarist was advertised on May 9, 2024, and it will be unavailable after June 6, 2024. Work experience in the same field for 12 months is a compulsory requirement for this job. To be eligible for this job, it is required that you have passed Bachelor Degree. To ensure that your application is considered for the job, make sure to submit it before the expiration date as Virginia Living Museum, the recruiter for this vacancy, will not accept late submissions. The work premises for this job are located at Newport News , VA , Newport News , VA.

Virginia Living Museum


General Statement of Duties

The Aquarist will assist in all aspects of aquatic husbandry for over 40 aquatic systems up to 30,000 gallons. Support the Aquarium Department to provide the highest level of care to the VLM aquatic animal collection through comprehensive husbandry practices, completion of day-to-day operations, and thorough daily maintenance of holding systems and exhibits. This position recognizes the capacity to achieve greater results by integrating skilled volunteers and leveraging their diverse knowledge and abilities.  This position reports directly to the Ectotherm Curator.


  • Bachelor’s degree or current progress towards it in Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, or related field coupled with some experience.
  •  1 year experience providing daily husbandry to aquatic animals, preferably at an AZA-accredited institution, 2 years preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Mid-Atlantic freshwater and saltwater fishes and their ecologies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Aquarium Curator, co-workers, volunteers and guests, and to perform public programs.
  • Desire to learn and be responsible for all aspects of aquatic husbandry.
  • ZIMS experience preferred.
  • SCUBA certification required.
  • CPR and First Aid certification preferred.
  • Ability to remain calm and provide clear direction in an emergency situation.
  • Familiarity with the nitrogen cycle and how it pertains to an aquarium setting.
  • Experience with life support systems (LSS) and maintenance.
  • Experience with water quality testing and knowledge of common parameter values for aquariums.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enhance Guest Experience as:
    • A positive, enthusiastic representative of the Virginia Living Museum.
    • Welcoming and entertaining questions from guests.
    • Providing engaging and educational public programs including public feedings.
  • Assist Aquarist to:
    • Maintain the high quality appearance of the exhibits and provide optimal care of aquatic collection.
    • Learn and perform routine exhibit cleanings, daily water quality testing, daily feedings and diet prep.
    • Train and work with aquarium volunteers.
    • Assist with conservation projects when needed.
  • Follow museum safety policies and procedures.
  • Assist in other animal care departments if needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Requirements

  • Must be able to work mornings, weekends and holidays
  • Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and perceive detailed information through oral communication
  • Ability to lift and/or exert up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to move throughout the museum’s building(s) and outdoor trail as needed
  • Must have visual acuity to be able to operate motor vehicles and/or equipment
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel and utilize repetitive motions
  • The candidate will be subject to outdoor environmental conditions such as heat, wind, and humidity.

Experience Required

1 year experience providing daily husbandry to aquatic animals, preferably at an AZA-accredited institution, 2 years preferred.


Vacation, Sick, 401K, Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance


$13.00 per hour

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How to Apply

Qualified applicants please submit a VLM application, cover letter, resume and references. No phone calls, please.


Virginia Living Museum
524 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601
Phone: 7575347473
Fax: Virginia Living Museum


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